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Ma Barker's Killer Brood

Published 1960
Topics Crime, Drama

A film about Ma Barker and her four sons who terrorize the South and Midwest in the 1930s, with a string of kidnappings, robberies, and murders.
The gang members also meet with John Dillinger (Eric Sinclair), and Baby Face Nelson (Robert Kendall).

Run time 82 min
Producer William Faris, Bill Karn
Production Company Screen Classics Inc.
Sponsor k-otic
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: batatari - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2012
Subject: the real ma barker.
This movie is fun to watch. But the real ma barker really never did any of this stuff. And the barkers never met any of the other 30's superstar crooks As this movie tells it. And why did'nt they put in Bonnie and Cylde? And the depression did'nt really start until 1929 not 1927. But the movie is a hoot for the lovers of cheap movies. Come on the armored car was from the 1950's not the 1930's
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favorite - October 28, 2010
Subject: Dad?
The dad here was wayyyy past the general term of being "whipped". All he did was whine, but let it go on. What a maroon! No wait...that woulda been the producers and writers of this drivel.. 37 min in was 37 min to far.. Good night ladies.. Mercy!
Reviewer: richy24 - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2010
Subject: Trivia
So that's what Don Grady (oldest son at beginning) did during the filming break on the TV series "My Three Sons". Now, I want to look up the history of the gang.
Reviewer: doowopbob - favorite - December 27, 2009
Subject: Drive In Drivel....
Lousy Film Period........At Least You Got To Cop A Feel & More At The Drive-In...Cause You Were Not Watchin' This Rotten Reeler..!...."Bobby, Can You Find The Popcicle Iv'e Hidden?..Dah Good Old Days..!
Reviewer: DJ Psychomike - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2009
Subject: 1950's Juvenile Delinquents Meet The 1930's!
If you are reading these reviews to decide whether you should watch this film let me assure you that this one is a must see. Plays re-set the locale all the time, not so much in film. Here we have a depression era gangster group- yet all the kids talk like 1950's delinquents. Shelley Winters and Roger Corman had to have watched this film before they made BLOODY MAMA, and the lines in this movie from Ma Barker are priceless.

Yep, it is violent. It is sleezy. It is even silly. But it's a great ride, too! Pop some popcorn, grab a beer, you are gonna like this!
Reviewer: slugs and urchins - favoritefavorite - June 13, 2008
Subject: obey your Mother, or else!
The acting was flat and plodding, but not the worst movie I've seen. The best part was the ballad of Little Joe at the Barker's party. It's pretty much a dud after that...
Reviewer: Juggz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2008
Subject: Oh Yeah!!!
I have so been looking for this title for a long time now, it has become very hard to find. I think that it should also be listed under the gangster category too as this is one of the best.
Reviewer: flickfdude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2008
Subject: interesting
This is a well done movie. It holds your interest and it intrigues the audience with tales of folk legends, of the American past. I would give it higher rating but it isn't panavision on the wide screen and it isn't color
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